Is Your Kitchen Sabotaging Your Weight Loss? According to a number of scientific studies, this could be the case. As? You can probably find out for yourself. Ice cream is calling from the freezer. Cookie jar on the counter. Comfortable stools around a kitchen island invite you to linger. Let’s face it, most of the kitchens are Temptation City. The good news: There are simple kitchen hacks for weight loss that can lead to diet success.
Here are 10 weight loss kitchen hacks that science – and a little common sense – recommends:
1. Keep fruit on the counter.
In two 2016 studies that looked at real kitchen counters in Syracuse, NY and measured the height and weight of residents, the presence of fruit in sight was linked to a lower BMI (body mass index, a measure of obesity) brought. What is NOT allowed to be stored there is more important than keeping fruit on the counter. When candy, cereal, soft drinks, and dried fruit were seen on kitchen tables, study participants weighed up to 30 pounds more than people hiding these foods. Conclusion: out of sight, out of mind. The sight and smell of food nearby stimulates the desire to eat, as anyone who has ever smelled cinnamon buns baked in the mall can attest.
2. Get rid of clutter – in your home and in your head.
A big no-go when looking for weight loss kitchen hacks? Messy kitchens. Messy, cluttered spaces – and feelings of being mentally out of control – can stimulate you to eat more, says a 2016 study published in Environment and Behavior magazine. The women in the study were asked to do two things: First, to write about a time in their lives when they felt out of control or completely in control. Second, to try and evaluate cookies, crackers and carrots in one of two kitchen conditions, one neat and tidy and the other littered with dirty dishes, mail and newspapers. Those who wrote about feeling out of control and experiencing the chaotic kitchen ate 103 more calories than those whose minds and kitchen conditions were calmer and more peaceful. So take a few deep breaths if you’re feeling stressed – and clean up the kitchen!
3. Invest in a hot air fryer.
Here is a kitchen gadget that you want to have on your counter. Not only can you prepare a meal in less time than traditional methods – and use less oil – studies have shown that you can cut caloric intake by an average of 70 to 80 percent, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Your “fried” chicken will be crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and much healthier for you than if you had cooked it the old-fashioned way.
4. Go red.
Studies have shown that when your plate is red, you are likely to eat less.
According to a 2012 study in Appetite magazine, “red acts as a subtle stop signal,” preventing you from overdoing it. You don’t have to buy a whole set of red dishes – just have one to use for snacks and meals.
5. When it comes to snacks, think about servings.
Your Nutrisystem snacks are perfectly portioned as single portions. But what about the snacks you buy in the supermarket? You won’t find almonds and pistachios in Nutrisystem sizes. To prevent your favorite foods from getting too much, package them in appropriate servings – like two tablespoons of almonds and pistachios, a cup of sliced melon, a cup of grapes – so these healthy snacks are as convenient as yours Food supplements.
6. Get rid of those chairs.
The kitchen is often the heart of the house so it’s easy to move into, even for non-food tasks. Because being around food while dieting is too tempting, avoid working, chatting with family members, or using the kitchen on the phone. In fact, unless you are preparing a meal, the kitchen should be prohibited territory.
7. Make meals buffet style.
Instead of putting food on the table, make plates in the kitchen. If you put serving dishes on the table, it is an invitation to “seconds”. Take the plates off the table when you have finished eating. The further you are from food, the less tempting it is, found a 2013 study in the online journal PLoS One.
8. Do a diet sweep of your cupboards and freezer.
Ideally, you should get rid of all of the foods in your kitchen that you know are too tempting before starting your Nutrisystem journey. You also need the space for your perfectly portioned, delicious Food supplements. Throwing away unopened packs of pretzels or throwing away frozen pizzas makes you feel wasteful considering what you can to donate to a local food chamber or charity.
9. Keep leftovers under lock and key.
Of all the kitchen hacks for weight loss, this one seems like a no-brainer. You don’t want to open the fridge and stare at something tasty when it’s not on your menu. Wrap leftovers in aluminum foil or freeze. If you can’t see it, you’ll be less tempted to eat it. If you need to have high calorie or unhealthy foods for the rest of the family, hide those too. Wrap them in foil or opaque containers and store them where they are difficult to get to.
10. Keep your water bottle or glass in sight.
Drinking water every day will help you fight dehydration. It can also help you feel full so you don’t overeat. So invest in some water bottles or mugs you love and keep one as a friendly souvenir to go to the sink drink your H2O.